I really haven't gotten around to reading too many comics this week, due to finally getting to go snowboarding on Wed. (I basically went between two night shifts, got one hour of sleep beforehand, and was definitely feeling the effects Thurs). I've also been diving into a marathon of re-watching The Shield, the FX crime show from a few years back. I just got the box set and its every bit as great as the first time I watched it. However, watching the upscaled DVD's made me realize how much film grain they use in parts of the show - it can be slightly over the top, but overall I love how the series is shot. Also, I love how the overall story moves, with the inevitable conclusion always looming in the distance, and plus the characters are just simply fantastic. There's so much nuance, and you are always posed with the question of whose methods of policing and fighting crime in Farmington are really the best, in the short and long term.
1) Journey Into Mystery - I was slow to the party with this book, at one point when I was pretty tired of Fear Itself I just let the title pile up for about 7 or 8 issues, and lately I've been catching up. I'm so glad I did, because people, this is the Thor book you should be reading. Except it doesn't have Thor in it much... but it does have Asgardians, and kid Loki. I love kid Loki, especially when Kieron Gillen writes him. I heard him in a recent interview talk about how this is the closest to his creator-owned series Phonogram in tone and spirit, so for the 6 fans that read and loved Phonogram, you will also most likely love this book as well (ok ok, that was mean, it was a lot more than 6, after all, the four of us loved it, and there were plenty others... just not enough to sustain it sadly). Oh well, just try the next best thing, JiM is smart, funny, intricately crafted, and well characterized... ok ok, sales pitch over.
I have to say, so far I'm not exactly blown away, its jumping around a lot and since its early on I'm having a hard time following the flow of the story, but it is early and I expect it will pick up quite a bit as the characters are more established and each narrative thread really kicks into gear.
Anyways, with the pedigree of writers involved I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.
Ok, thats it for me, hopefully I'll have a bit more time and motivation to read more comics for next week, and my apologies to those of you who were expecting more podcasts from me... honestly I thought I would have recorded a few right now, but the work schedule makes it hard for that to happen. I can really only corral people for a comics talk now on nights or weekends, and my job is more intensive right now, so nights are a little bit out the question, and weekends... weekends just aren't great in general. You understand.
Keep it real peeps, and enjoy the Superbowl. I for one hope little brother makes it 2 for 2.